In a multi-table tournament, a large number of players sign up and play against each other in a series of games. There are two types of Multi table tournaments
- A Shootout Tournament is divided into successive rounds. The top 1 or 2 ranked players (depending on tournament) on each table progress to the next round while the other two players are eliminated from the tournament. As rounds progress, the number of players and tables decrease, and the final round consists of four players who plays at the final table. The winner of the final table is the overall champion.
- In a Regular tournament you play as many hands as possible in a predefined amount of time, so the game may end in mid-hand. After each game, the player receives table points according to their positions in the game and the totals of these points are used to determine the winner of the tournament.
To participate in a multi-table tournament you click on Register to sign up for the tournament. The tournament fee is withdrawn from your account when a sufficiently large number of players have signed up to the tournament. Some time before the tournament starts, the registration will close, and beyond that point, no further registration will be accepted.
When the tournament starts, you will automatically be placed at your first table, and the game will begin. It is important that you are logged in when the tournament starts, otherwise you will lose your place in the tournament and your entrance fee will be lost. After each round there is a short pause and then you will automatically be seated at your next table, where you will meet new opponents in the following game.
A Shootout Tournament is divided into successive rounds. The top one or two ranked players (depending on the setup for the tournament) on each table progress to the next round while the other players are eliminated from the tournament. As rounds progress, the number of players and tables decrease, and the final round consists of four players who plays at the final table. The winner of the final table is the overall champion.
How do I win a SHOOTOUT tournament?
Win all or come second in all rounds except the last and then win the final table, and you will be the champion. You may be awarded money even if you do not finish first in the tournament, depending on the number of players and to which round you managed to advance.
How do I win a round/table?
Four hands are played in each round. In the tournament information you can see how many players that will advance to the next round, this is a either one or two player. The players that have managed to accumulate the highest total number of points will go through to the next round. In case of a tie, two random players go through. Player winds will be rotated after each hand, regardless of what the rules for the game would normally state.
The table point distribution after each round is done in the following manner: the high scorer receives 4 table points; the second highest scorer receives 2 table points; the third highest receives 1 table point; and the fourth player receives 0 table points.
How is the money divided?
The payout structure in a tournament depends on the number of players. The larger the overall pool of money available for splitting, the more opportunities will exist for finishing “in the money” (i.e. with profit). The tournament is settled after finishing all rounds in the tournament and the money will be paid out to each player. The payout structure can be seen in the tournament lobby in the client.
Shootout tournament flow example
In this example there are a total of 64 players from the start playing at 16 tables. (In real life the players can be from 4 players up to thousands). Two players from each table go through to the next round until the final table is reached. The payout structure and the amount of money in the pot is dependent on how many players have registered and what the buy-in is for the tournament. In this example the buy-in is $11 where $10 goes to the pot and $1 is the fee for the tournament. The total pot is $640 and the first 6 players would share the pot according to overall placement. For example, the winner would get 38% of the total pot. The payout structure is clearly stated in the information for the tournament when you register in the mahjong client.
In a Regular tournament you play as many hands as possible in a predefined amount of time, so the game may end in mid-hand. After each game, the player receives table points according to their positions in the game and the totals of these points are used to determine the winner of the tournament. Usually for a normal regular tournament you play 4 rounds times 20 minutes with a 1 minute break.
After each round (normally a tournament has 4 rounds) in a tournament a total of 7 table points are distributed among the players according to their placement in the game. When the tournament ends, the players that have managed to accumulate the highest total number of points will receive the tournament prizes according to their positions. In case of a tie in table points, the total number of regular points accumulated during all the games is the tie-breaker.
The table point distribution is done the following manner: the high scorer receives 4 table points; the second highest scorer receives 2 table points; the third highest receives 1 table point; and the fourth player receives 0 table points.
If two players’ scores are equal, they split table points between them. In case of a tie for highest score, both players receive 3 table points each, and the third and fourth player 1 and 0 table points respectively. In case of a tie for second-highest score, the first player receives 4 points, the tied players 1,5 points each, and the fourth player 0 points. In case of a tie for third-highest score, the first player receives 4,5 points, the second 2,5 points, and the tied players 0 points each and so on in logical fashion, for the remaining possible cases.
The rules used in regular multi-table tournaments are the same as is used in a Full Game with the only exception being how a game is finished. A multi-table tournament game ends after a set amount of time, regardless of how many hands have been played, and what round the game is in. The last, interrupted hand of the game is ignored and is not included in the final scoring of the game.
Table Points 1st 2nd 3rd 4rd
No ties 4 2 1 0
2-player tie for 1st Place 3 3 0 0
3-player tie for 1st Place 2 2 2 0
4-player tie for 1st Place 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
2-player tie for 2nd Place 4 1.5 1.5 0
3-player tie for 2nd Place 4 1 1 1
2-player tie for 3rd Place 4 2 0.5 0.5
General Multi table tournament rules
- All tournaments will begin at the scheduled time stated in the tournament lobby.
- For optimal fairness in tournaments, the number of participating players must be a multiple of four (4). Excess registered players are dropped from the tournament and any entry fees and buy-ins are refunded.
- Players are assigned seats randomly and are not allowed to choose or change their seats. Player can cancel their tournament registration as long as the registration time has not run out (fee and buy-in is refunded to player)
- The tournament ends when the time period ends. The player with most table points wins the tournament. If two players have the same table points the player with most points wins. If players end up on the same points then the pot is split. (for regular tournament only)
- Any chat or action to help another player is unethical and is prohibited.
- All prizes will be distributed according to the specific details of each individual tournament. All details concerning a tournament may be found in the tournament lobby.
- Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hands until the action is complete. This will immediately result in disqualification and lifetime ban from the site.
- A player may play on only one account during a tournament. Violation of this rule may result in disqualification from the tournament as well as both/all accounts being frozen.
- Any play that is deemed unethical, such as team play will result in a player(s) being disqualified from the tournament and the account(s) being frozen.
- In the event of a server interruption or tournament crash, players will be compensated according to our interrupted tournament pay-out (roll forward) policy.
- Country restricted tournaments: The tournament is only open to citizens of that country using an IP address registered to that country
- All decisions made by management regarding any aspects of a tournament are regarded as final.
Disconnection and Inactivity
If the player gets disconnected or fails to take any action for two consecutive rounds the player will automatically be deactivated. This means that you will sit out as long as you are disconnected. When a disconnected player’s connection is reinstated the player can continue to play.
Tournament Cancellation Policy
If there is a cancellation of a tournament for any reason, we make a concerted effort to compensate players in the fairest and best way possible.
If a tournament is “rolled back” (meaning that the tournament has not started yet), any players that had already registered for the tournament will be refunded any fees and buy-ins.
- Roll Forward (Tournament has started)
If a tournament is cancelled after it has started it is called a “roll forward”. In such cases each player his is refunded his entry fee. The prize pool is distributed according to the following formula:
• 50% of the award pool is distributed evenly among all players
• 50% of the award pool is distributed proportionally according to the table points.
The payout structure in a tournament depends on the number of players. The larger the overall pool of money available for splitting, the more opportunities will exist for finishing “in the money” (i.e. with profit). The tournament is settled after finishing the tournament and the money will be paid out to each player. The payout structure can be seen in the tournament lobby in the client.